Nationals Game Notes: August 9 vs. Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians (62-47) at Washington Nationals (66-45)
RHP Trevor Bauer [7-5, 4.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [12-6, 2.87]
Tuesday, August 9 l Game #112 / Home #55 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
BATTLING THE BEST
As the Nationals welcome the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians to Nationals Park on Tuesday night for the first of two games, it will mark their fourth series in the last five against a fellow first-place club…All four of those series have been against either the Indians or the San Francisco Giants, who Washington defeated in two of three over the weekend.
- The Nationals’ posted just two hits in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Giants, the fewest hits ever recorded in a win in Nationals history (2005-present)…It was also the Nationals’ 14th win in their last 17 regular-season home games vs. SFG (dating to May 1, 2011).
- At 66-45 (.595), the Nationals continue to boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (69-41, .627).
- The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +135 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+182).
Shining in the Nationals’ eighth shutout victory of the season on Sunday was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 7.0 innings and allowed just five hits and three walks while striking out five…Roark has started five of the Nationals’ eight shutouts this season…Roark, who improved to 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.
- No one in the Major Leagues has thrown 7.0 (or more) IP more often this season than Roark, who did it for the seventh time on Sunday…He leads CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (2nd, 6), and ATL RHP Julio Teheran (3rd, 5).
- Sunday’s outing was the 14th time (in 23 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only teammate RHP Max Scherzer (15), CWS LHP Chris Sale (15), and CLE RHP Corey Kluber (15) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.
ALONE AT THE TOP
Nationals LF Jayson Werth worked a walk from LHP Madison Bumgarner in the first inning on Sunday, making it his 38th consecutive game reaching base…Werth owns the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.
- Werth’s run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
- During this stretch, Werth has collected 33 hits (11 2B, 3 HR), 28 walks and has posted a .374 on-base percentage.
Sending his 18th home run into the right field seats in the seventh inning on Sunday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos accounted for all of the Nationals’ offense in the 1-0 victory…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is the fourth catcher in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to homer in a 1-0 win…He joins Gary Carter (for MON, 1979 at Wrigley Field), Mike Fitzgerald (for MON, 1986 at the Astrodome), and Brian Schneider (for WSH, 2005 at Anaheim).
- Ramos, who leads all Major League catchers in home runs with 18, has also hit safely in 19 of his last 23 games, including multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 15…His 18 home runs extended his new career high for HR in a season, and his 28 walks are the second-most in his career behind the 38 he worked in 2011.
- Ramos ranks third among Major League hitters in batting average (.338; 2nd in NL) and 11th in average with Runners In Scoring Position (.351; 6th in NL).
- He leads all MLB catchers in OBP (.387), SLG (.556) and RBI (62).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramos is on pace to become the second player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to raise his batting average 100 points from one year to the next (min. 500 plate appearances in both seasons)…OF Darin Erstad is the only player to do so…He hit.355 in 2000 for the Angels after hitting .253 for Anaheim in 1999.